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History of Womenswold

Womenswold comes from the Old English ‘ingas’ meaning the ‘people of, people called after’ and ‘wald’ as a ‘forest, high forest-land’ combined with a, possible, personal name of ‘Wimel’; therefore, ‘forest of the people of Wimel’.

Womenswold parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch. The Normans built the church in the 12th century as a Chapel-of-Ease to Wingham, then later Nonington, before becoming a parish in its own right. They added the tower in the 13th century. In 1800, Edward Hasted described St Margaret’s church as consisting of ‘one isle and a high chancel, with a small cross sept on the north side, having a tower steeple at the west end, in which there is one bell. The church appears long and low, without any partition on the roof, or on the pavement in the inside, between the isle and chancel; the latter part seems much the more antient’. The Victorians restored it in 1870…. more